Barbra Streisand

Born 24 April 1942.
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Barbra Streisand - From The Way We Were... To The Way We Are

Barbra chats to the Academy Award winning lyricist Don Black from her home in Malibu.

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Biography

Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand,; April 24, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, author, actress, writer, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.

She is one of the best selling female artists of all time, with more than 71.5 million albums in the United States and 145 million records sold worldwide. She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Top Selling Album Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre.

After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, by the end of the decade, Streisand ventured into film starring in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Other notable films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were and A Star Is Born for which she received her second Academy Award for composing the music to the picture’s main song, "Evergreen". By the 1980s, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to direct, produce, script and star in her own picture.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of What Matters Most

    What Matters Most 2011

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    An unmissable feast of song from an artist who continues to surprise.
  2. Review of Love is the Answer

    Love is the Answer 2009

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    This double album celebrates Streisand’s enduring star quality.
  3. Review of Live In Concert 2006

    Live In Concert 2006 2007

    Reviewed by Michael Quinn
    Babs is back, and how!
  4. Review of Duets

    Duets

    Reviewed by Morag Reavley
    Compilation of Barbra collaborating with a host of star vocalists. Including new...